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Tech Companies Plan 'Day of Action' to Defend Net Neutrality

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Proponents of net neutrality protest against Federal Communication Commission Chairman Ajit Pai outside the American Enterprise Institute before his arrival May 5, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Consumer advocacy groups and some tech companies — including Google, Twitter, and Facebook — are planning a day of protest on Wednesday to push back against a rollback of regulations on internet service providers. In 2015, the Federal Communications Commission established rules to enforce so-called net neutrality, the idea that internet providers should treat all websites and apps equitably. Advocates argue that the regulations are needed to prevent internet providers from favoring content that benefits them and slowing or blocking other content. But the new head of the FCC, Ajit Pai, wants to loosen the rules, saying they’re heavy handed and that they hamper innovation. In this hour, we’ll hear how Bay Area tech companies are positioning themselves in the ongoing fight over net neutrality. And we’d like to hear from you — if you’re active in the debate over net neutrality, what’s motivating you and what action are you taking today?

Laura Sydell,
digital culture correspondent, NPR



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